How to Play AVIs in Dreambox

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How to Play AVIs in Dreambox
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Dream Multimedia's digital video broadcasting receiver, Dreambox, is a Linux-powered system designed to play satellite, terrestrial and cable digital signals on a television as well as certain video files through a linked computer. Unfortunately .avi files do not play using the Dreambox firmware alone, even though the .avi format is one of the most commonly used digital video formats. There are two ways to access the videos through the player. Both require some effort.

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  1. 1

    Install VLC Player on the linked computer. This is a free video player available online.

  2. 2

    Install VLC on the Dreambox. Like the player, this is a free download.

  3. 3

    Open the "vlc.xml" file on contained in the Dreambox folder "/var/tuxbox/config."

  4. 4

    Edit the computer's IP address and film directory into the four server and config lines.

    The lines to edit look like this:

    <server name="set1" ip="" webif-port="0080" stream-port="0000" user="admin" pass="admin" />

    config name="set1" startdir="d:/Movies" cddrive="e:" />

    It may also be necessary to tweak the settings of the video itself.

  5. 5

    Open VLC Player on the computer.

  6. 6

    Click on "File" and select "Open Network Stream."

  7. 7

    Select "UDP/RTP" and check the "Stream/Save" box to select the settings.

  8. 8

    Check the "HTTP" box and enter the Dreambox's IP address (format: Click "OK" to exit the two windows.

  9. 9

    Open "Settings," then "Add Interface" and "Web Interface." Leave the player running on the computer as the Dreambox streams the video.

  1. 1

    Download .avi to .mpeg conversion software. There are a number of free programs available for this operation. Other file formats that work include ".mp4" and ".mkv."

  2. 2

    Open the conversion program. Change the ".avi" file to ".mpeg" or another compatible file.

  3. 3

    Enter "File Mode" on the Dreambox and select the file.

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